I got this book for my 7-year-old son at Christmas last year, and it ended up in the box of decorations up in the attic for most of the year. He still didn’t show much interest in it, but this story of Santa Claus as a little boy was definitely calling to me – I’m a total sucker for anything Christmas-sy. 🙂
It’s a simple, lovely story of a boy who won’t stop believing in magic and who wishes that people were happier and the world a better place. It’s fun and heart-warming and the perfect read for the holiday season.
A lot of it includes elves and their wisdom is what prompted me to write this post in the first place… it is so similar to what I believe about the world and how it works! The elves believe in magic, the power of kindness, and their own ability to change the world – isn’t that a wonderful way to approach the world? Isn’t it what we ALL wish were true? And isn’t it what those of us who call ourselves coaches, teachers, spiritual leaders truly believe and want to make more widespread?
I know that the book is a children’s book and that it’s technically fiction 😉 But I am grateful for it all the same, because maybe when children read it some of the elf wisdom will stay within them, and they will become part of the change we all want to see in the world.
Here are my favorite quotes from A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig:
“An impossibility is just a possibility you don’t understand yet…”
How totally true is this??? There are SO many things that we collectively branded as impossible, until a time when they became possible after all… like landing on the moon, for example. And I have lots of examples like this in my own life too, as I’m sure you have. I like to live by the idea that ‘where there’s a will there’s a way’ – so if you want something then there must be a way to make it happen. The elves in Matt Haig’s book consider the word ‘impossible’ a curse word and I agree – the possibilities are endless!
“To see something you have to believe in it.”
I believe in magic and I also believe that you won’t see it unless you believe it can be there. This is actually how I think of manifesting – when I say that we create, I don’t think we magic it up from scratch, I don’t think it appears out of nowhere. I think that by believing that something is a possibility we let it into our lives, we give ourselves permission to see and experience it. If we don’t believe that something is possible for us, there is no way that we can notice the opportunities that could make it real.
“He stayed up all night thinking about it, and then he stopped thinking about it and started believing in it. He believed it so completely that it was already real. There was no use trying to (it) think (it) of a way, because it was impossible. And the only way you could make something impossible real wasn’t through logic or sensible thinking. No. It was to (it)believe (it) it could be done.”
Again, SO TRUE! Thinking about things based on logic only gets you more of the same, simply because what your mind is capable of perceiving as possible is based on what it has seen in the past. Yet so much more than what has already happened is possible! This is one of the basic ideas behind the law of attraction the way I see it, and of being #soulsmart: knowing that there is more to the world than what we can currently perceive. When we open up to this truth, magic can happen.
And last but not least: I had to include a photo of this list of How To Be Jolly Even When Times Are Bad – isn’t this something we could all use once in a while?
Why not make your own list? I always talk about how important it is to prioritise your own energy and feeling good, arming yourself with ideas of how to do this when the world isn’t going your way is a great step! 🙂
All in all, if you are a fan of Christmas and enjoy being in the Christmas spirit, this is a great book to add to your list. And if you have kids, it’s really a lovely backstory for them to enjoy. After all, they must be wondering about where Santa comes from, right?
For me, the main pleasure of reading this was to enjoy a bit of elf wisdom. I read these sorts of things almost like non-fiction, like it’s an affirmation of how I view the world. I don’t really mind that the book was probably intended as a fairytale-like story for young children. I take from it what my heart resonates with, and that makes me happy.